The Sydney Contemporary talks program comprises a raft of interesting ideas and engaging speakers.

Personal Project ©2013 Gunther Hang All Rights Reserved

Personal Project ©2013 Gunther Hang All Rights Reserved

Following its spectacular success in 2013 – more than 28,000 people turned out for the inaugural event, a sister fair to the more established Melbourne Art Fair – Sydney Contemporary returns to Carriageworks this September. Extending beyond the commercial sale of artworks, with more than 90 galleries from 14 countries on display, is Sydney Contemporary Talk Contemporary, a series of free panel discussions across a number of diverse fields, and the screening of two short films.

Sydney Contemporary talks program

Does Gender Matter in Art?
Actress and philanthropist Rachel Griffiths, Alexie Glass-Kantor (director of Artspace), Liam Benson (artist), Emma Price (artist and curator) and Jarrod Rawlins (MONA curator) will question whether gender matters in art, drawing on personal experience their own individual practices.
Thursday 10 September

Meet the Creatives
Actress Claudia Karvan, Sam Marshall (architect), James Valentine (broadcaster, musician and writer), Michael Zavros (artist) and Adriano Zumbo (patissier) will explore the creative process of art, architecture, acting, fashion and cuisine.
Sunday 13 September

The Fashion Forums
Vogue Australia deputh editor Sophie Tedmanson will host a discussion about fashion and art’s power to predict cultural trends and communicate a moment in time, with Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett (Romance Was Born) and Alison Kubler (Manuscript associate editor and Art/Fashion in the 21st Century co-author).
Thursday 10 September

Post-Internet Age: Understanding the New Art Movement
Tom Uglow (creative director of Google Creative Lab), Andrew Frost (art critic), Clington Ng (collector and philanthropist) and Melissa Loughnan (art consultant and advisor) will join to discuss art in the digital age.
Friday 11 September

Sydney Modern
Dr Michael Brand, the director of the Art Gallery of NSW, will present his vision for the gallery’s Sydney Modern project.
Wednesday 9 September

Leading from the Edge
Suhanya Raffel (director of collections at the Art Gallery of NSW) will lead a discussion on how emergent economies have provided new collectors, institutions and philanthropists that support new networks of creative growth. She will be joined by Leo Silitonga (Sydney Contemporary South East Asian VIP liaison and director of Art Jakarta), Mathew Nache Clarke (director of PAULNACHE Gallery, New Zealand) and Dr Gene Sherman (chairman and executive director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation).
Friday 11 September

Imperial Slacks presents The Slacks
A discussion jointly presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, this discussion will explore the Imperial Slacks social collective and the importance of artist-run spaces, featuring artists Simon Cooper, Chris Fox, Emma Price and Melody Willis.
Thursday 10 September

Art, Design & Architecture
Gina Mobayed (Artbank), Roslyn Oxley (founder and director of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Nick Tobias (architect), Steven Pozel (director of Object: Australian Design Centre) and Nicky Lobo (editor, Habitus) will explore the correlation between the three intersecting worlds.
Thursday 10 September

Talent Borrows, Genius Steals
A discussion about appropriation in art presented by academic and author Rex Butler and artists Sam Leach and Joan Ross.
Friday 11 September

The Sydney Contemporary talks program is free upon entry to the fair, however bookings are essential given limited spaces. Visit for more details.